Friday, 23 October 2020

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: Fresh tracks from Wayne Marshall and co, Protoje, Chalice and Koffee

Koffee – “Pressure” 
Melodic and laden with timely social commentary, the Grammy winner’s latest finds her ruminating on weighty themes that continue to occupy her gaze: humanity, socio-economic woes and rising above great odds. A- 
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Protoje feat. Lila Iké – “In Bloom” 
Protoje’s collabos always yield fascinating results, and this sexy-spiky track with his reggae-soul label-mate Lila Iké is no exception, capturing the essence of what happens when a relationship is tinkering on the edge. B+ 
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Chalice feat. Wayne Armond – “It’s Alright” 
Any conversation about the great reggae bands of all time must include Chalice, an enduring group whose fusion of timeless word-sound-power and rootsy musicality continues to churn out big hits like this repeat-worthy gem that hits all the right notes. A- 
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Natural High feat. Wayne Marshall, Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid – “Cane Fields” 
Wayne Marshall, we feel your pain. The ace singjay brings poignant vocals and take-no-mess swagger to this all-star team effort (Jesse and Kabaka are in fine form, as usual) that tackles hardships and oppression, struggle and survival, with thought-provoking results. B+










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